"It's unbelievable. I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind". (Zadie Smith). "Perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times". (Rachel Cusk, Guardian). Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with manic excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions of power, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father. In the now infamously direct style of the My Struggle cycle, Knausgaard describes a time in which victories and defeats are felt keenly and every attempt at self-definition is frustrated. This is a book about family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.
"Knausgaard's Proustian attention to detail and scrupulous analysis of emotional nuance is almost maddening - but ultimately magnificent" Vogue "Compelling and addictive... One of the most grown-up works of fiction we have" -- Hermione Hoby Observer "Knausgaard continues masterfully" -- Malcolm Forbes Literary Review "One of the most anticipated books of the year (the decade)" -- Emily Stokes Financial Times "His devotees gobble each new volume with an eagerness previously reserved only for box sets of Borgen" -- Tim Martin Daily Telegraph
Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize. His second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first instalment in the epic My Struggle cycle, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award and is being heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.